Don’t expect brotherly love

March 28th, 2009

The City of Brotherly Love, aka Philadelphia, will be the site for B.J. Penn’s next fight.

Penn and No. 1 contender Kenny Florian will meet at UFC 101 on Aug. 8 for the UFC lightweight title. It’ll be 15 months between title defenses by the time Penn and Florian meet, which is a heck of a long time to wait.

That’s unfortunately the drawback when you have a guy like Penn trying to fight in multiple weight classes, although it seems like those days are over for the time being. (Although I think there’s a big audience for a third Matt Hughes/Penn fight if Hughes beats Matt Serra in May).

Whatever the case, the date has been set. I would have personally liked to see Penn fight at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, which is rumored to be the most decorated fight card in the history of mixed martial arts, but I’m sure Penn is more than fine with being the main event and getting a cut of PPV revenues that come with it.

It’s more than 4 months away, but what’s everyone’s early take? What do you guys think the betting lines will be for this? Will a lot of people give Florian a better chance because of Penn’s performance against GSP? Keep in mind, it’s been seven years since Penn has lost a fight at 155 pounds.

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